University IMPACT Champion

Samuel Stanley

The gender equality issues we face on a daily basis could not be more important or timely. We know that Stony Brook University is not free of these issues. It is the willingness to address these questions and improve ourselves in the process that will create that change.

Impact Commitments


Close the gap between men and women—from matriculation to graduation—by 2020.


Stony Brook’s graduation rate has risen more than 10 percent in the last decade, but a gender divide has emerged.1 Women graduate at a rate nearly 15 percentage points higher than their male counterparts.2 At the same time, men represent 56.6 percent of each incoming freshman class. Stony Brook is committed to closing the gap at both ends, reaching parity as students enter as freshmen, and graduate as seniors, with the overarching goal to reach a 60 percent four-year graduation rate by 2018. A series of focus groups with male students has recently been completed, and Stony Brook will introduce tailored programs to understand and address key barriers for men. The university is making a commitment to increase the representation of women in each freshman class by at least six percent. The Center for Men & Masculinities at Stony Brook will share best practices and model initiatives with campuses in the State University of New York (SUNY) system and beyond, working with universities across the country to address these challenges.


In partnership with the Center for the Study of Men & Masculinities, build global understanding of the role for men in achieving gender equality.


The Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities will serve as the knowledge hub for gender equality, generating cutting-edge knowledge for HeForShe, IMPACT champions, and the movement more broadly. Through the Center, Stony Brook will work toward making gender equality and HeForShe a mainstream initiative across the SUNY network, with the potential to impact almost half a million students in the network’s 63 institutions. In 2016, Stony Brook will host a SUNY-wide HeForShe conference to work with all SUNY campuses to develop programs to engage men. U.S. Senator for New York, Kirsten Gillibrand, has already committed to participate as the keynote speaker at this conference.


Integrate gender equality into the academic and social experience of Stony Brook University


Stony Brook was one of the very first universities to host a HeForShe event and start a HeForShe campus organization. Leveraging this existing support for HeForShe, and working with faculty, students and staff across the campus, beginning in Fall 2015, Stony Brook’s commitment to gender equality will be designed into every stage of the campus life experience. Stony Brook will build gender sensitization programming and gender equality themes into its mandatory freshman seminar class, reaching 100 percent of students by the 2019 academic year.


1. Four year graduation rate, class matriculating in 2002 vs. 2010 2. For the class matriculating in Fall 2010, 59.1% of women and 44.6% of men graduated in 4 years. For the Class matriculating in 2008, an eleven percentage-point difference exists in the six-year graduation rates between men and women (most recent year figures available)

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